Most careers in the field of Psychology require some form of advanced training beyond the BA degree. As an undergraduate major, there are a number of things that you can do now to improve your chances of gaining admission to the graduate school of your choice.
Begin preparing yourself for admission to graduate school early as an undergraduate (e.g., by the end of your Sophomore year). In addition, talk with your professors, especially those who are tenured or tenure-track faculty members in psychology. It is best to consult with several individuals because there are many different ideas about how best to proceed.
Perhaps the most important extra-curricular activity for graduate school admission is working on a research project under the supervision of a faculty member in the Psychology Department. Working with several faculty members will help you gain broader experience and facilitate your decision concerning a possible area for graduate work. If you are interested in such an opportunity, we encourage you to consult the SMU Psychology Faculty pages.
Many graduate programs consider the Graduate Record Exam as part of the admissions process. It is important to prepare for this exam and do as well as possible. We recommend that you take this exam well before October of your senior year, so your GRE scores can be included in your application materials. Deadlines for graduate admissions will range from late November through March. When reviewing graduate school materials, verify application deadlines and work backwards to form a calendar for yourself.
There are numerous career opportunities available to Psychology Majors. Many of these can be examined at the web links listed below.
APA Guide to Careers
Marky Lloyd's Career in Psychology Page
Psychology Career Center
Psychology Career Information
Online Psychology Degrees
The Pursuing Psychology Career Page
Online Education All About Psychology
Psychology Degree Guide
Association for Psychological Science
American Psychological Association
US Department of Labor
Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Society for Personality and Social Psychology
Social Psychology Network
Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Masters Degree Psychology Programs by State
Adult Development and Aging
European Society for Cognitive Psychology
Society of Clinical Psychology
Society of Counseling Psychology
Health Psychology Division
American Board of Forensic Psychology
Go Psychology Schools